Tooth extraction is a procedure in which a tooth is removed from its socket in the bone. It is usually done when the tooth is too severely damaged or decayed to be repaired or when overcrowding of the mouth requires it.
When teeth extractions are necessary
Your teeth are great natural tools. That’s why your dentist will make every effort to preserve them. But, sometimes, removing a tooth is the best option for oral health. You may need a tooth extracted due to severe tooth decay or gum disease, an impacted wisdom tooth or an emergency, like when a tooth is fractured in an accident.
What happens before a tooth extraction?
Before tooth extraction, your dentist will take x-rays of the tooth to determine the exact location of the tooth, any other teeth that may be impacted, and the shape of the surrounding bone. Your dentist may also review your medical history and discuss any potential risks or complications related to the procedure. You may be given instructions on preparing for the extraction, such as stopping certain medications or taking antibiotics before the procedure.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
The dentist will numb the area around the tooth during a tooth extraction with a local anaesthetic. They will then use specialized tools to loosen and remove the tooth. After the tooth is removed, the dentist may place a few stitches to help it heal. The dentist may also prescribe antibiotics or painkillers to help with any discomfort.
What happens after a tooth extraction?
Following the dentist’s post-operative instructions is essential to ensure proper healing. These instructions typically include avoiding strenuous activities and rinsing with a saltwater solution several times a day. The dentist may also prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. The area may take several weeks to heal fully.
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